Friendship is Universal

This Week in Peace is a weekly column chronicling the exciting adventures of San Jose's own Dancer of Peace, Khalilah Ramirez. Written under divine inspiration, this column contains true stories of peace encounters in your neighborhood. This week's performances brought with them the theme of friendship and reflections on what gifts friends really are.

Greetings to all! Welcome to “This Week in Peace”, a column that explores what happens during the Dance of Peace, a visual/performance art, based here in San Jose. Let’s make this the “Holiday Edition” because no matter what you celebrate or believe in, it is a time that most people take off to be with family and friends. This Week in Peace will focus on friendship today for two reasons. First, the Dance of Peace would not be possible without friends. Friends give the encouragement, advice, design and opportunities needed to keep the dance moving forward. Friends lend their enthusiasm and joyfully participate. Every person contributes in their own unique way.

Secondly, friendship is a universal theme for human beings, something we can all find solace and comfort in. Human beings thrive much more fully in life when we work together. Who better to work with than friends, people who we already know and admire? 

The organic nature of the Dance of Peace provides a unique setting for randomly running into friends and for making new ones on the spot. A few of the closest friendships that I enjoy today are people that I originally met during the Dance of Peace. This is a natural outgrowth of abundance, since part of the purpose of the dance is to bring people together. 

Recently, I encountered my friend, D.S. during a downtown dance. She, and her friend ran over to hug and say hello. I asked them to contribute a short dance. I ask everyone this. The difference is that this pair said yes. They had just enough time to dance it out for one song before they continued on their anonymous mission of love, passing out food to the hungry. In the six years since I met her, D.S. has never once mentioned that she did this. She didn’t want anyone to know. That’s the kind of person that she is, privately helping and doing good. She’s also a rocker at heart. I played the Devil Makes Three song, “Old No.7” for us. We danced, played, and laughed in the spirit of peace. They knew all the words and we had a sing-a-long. Sing along is like dance along’s beautiful, cool cousin. Try it with friends! It costs nothing and it brings the peace of rocking out together to two or more hearts.

 

Then, right before I sat down to type this column, the Dance of Peace took place at the usual Tuesday location at the corner of San Carlos & Meridian Streets in San Jose. Unlike a typical Tuesday, I had double the peace power in the form of a friend, there to lend support and take photos. We had an amazing time watching the people around us and in passing cars as they observed the Dance of Peace. Suddenly, a man going fast on a bike yelled out some racially charged expletives at us. I looked over at Liz and she said, “Well, we won’t get them all!” We were able to laugh with glee, instead of giving in to the forces of mean. Just one of the ways that friendship fortifies us!

Finally, if you are looking to meet friends in real life, consider attending a healing ceremony. It is an annual drum circle, taking place at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose this Friday, January 1st, 4pm-6pm. It is a free event, open to all, which will feature participatory dancing, drumming and singing. Akoma Arts will be facilitating this event with the specific purpose of healing. The ceremony is a deeply spiritual occasion; fitting for the start of a new year. If the healing of the spirit is not of interest to you, feel free to attend for the simple comfort of being with other beings on this special day. Thanks and see you out there!

Join the Dance of Peace Twice a Week on Tuesdays and Sundays!

  • Tuesdays at 2:30pm at San Carlos & Meridian
  • Sundays at 4:30pm at Second St. & El Paseo de San Antonio in front of the SJ Rep Theater

Visit http://www.thedanceofpeace.org/

 

Related Media:
This Week in Peace, Dec 9th, 2015
Will You Choose Happiness?
Peace in Every Heart this Christmas

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